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E-mail: income&modules@cso.ie Felix Coleman (+353) 21 453 5129 Caroline Barrett (+353) 21 453 5485 Anne McGrath (+353) 21 453 5487
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CSO statistical release, , 11am

Information Society Statistics - Households

2013

  
     % of households
  200820092010201120122013
Households with access to a computer707376818384
Households with access to the internet636772788182

82% of households have access to the internet

Fig1 Percentage of households with computer and internet access by year
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The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) household survey covers a range of topics related to the use of ICT by households and individuals. The ICT questionnaire focuses on the use of ICT for non-work related activities. 

Summary of main findings

  • It is estimated that 84% of households in 2013 have access to a computer at home See table 1a.
  • 82% of households have access to the internet at home. See table 1b
  • 78% of individuals used the internet in the last 3 months. 61% of individuals used the internet every day in the last three months. See tables 2a and 2b
  • The most popular activities of individuals who accessed the internet in the last three months were email (67% of individuals), Finding information about goods or services (61%), Social networking (48%) and Using services related to travel or travel related accommodation (45%). See table 3
  • Other travel arrangements (28%), Holiday accommodation (26%) and Tickets for events (26%) were the most popular types of internet purchases in the 12 months prior to Q1 2013. See table 4
Table 1(a) Households with a computer by the characteristics of the household, 2008 to 2013
% of households
              
  200820092010201120122013
  UnweightedUnweightedUnweightedUnweightedUnweightedUnweighted
Desktop/portable computer permanently in the home %actual sample%actual sample%actual sample%actual sample%actual sample%actual sample
       
State709,003738,287767,826816,3658310,0188410,283
             
Household Composition            
1 adult, no dependent children391,469421,456481,478561,169581,714561,810
2 adults no dependent children622,468662,246712,139741,727762,771802,686
3 or more adults no dependent children831,646861,481901,214911,033921,576941,534
1 adult with dependent children623356133968404793367950080532
2 adults with dependent children862,169881,977921,945941,592962,551962,775
3 or more adults with dependent children869169178894646965089790696946
             
Number of persons at work in the household           
0391,937432,058512,211601,906612,960623,036
1692,930732,797802,705842,220873,506883,484
2853,207892,734922,427941,871962,984963,158
3+879299469897483983689856898605
             
Internet Type            
Broadband1003,6561004,4231004,7571004,1161006,686997,072
Narrowband991,783999809965898715961,137941,163
No internet213,429192,776182,256141,421141,967141,840
Unknown internet971359810897155991139722896208
             
Population            
Densely populated762,687782,856812,352852,174853,056863,301
Intermediate populated682,213701,787771,836811,534832,596842,444
Thinly populated674,103713,644733,638772,657804,366824,538
             
Region            
Border611,037629526587470602781,205771,154
Midlands666037042272448813217759385626
West657867163776890816708489682970
Dublin771,781792,126821,642861,486862,132872,390
Mid-East7883177822858438954590776881,062
Mid-West67966718417787480759801,085811,025
South-East671,28571955721,08774902811,424831,301
South-West691,714711,532751,168781,080801,907831,755
          
Note 1: Data are subject to sampling and other survey errors, which are relatively greater in respect of smaller values.    
Note 2: Households represent all private households with at least one occupant aged 16-74.
Table 1(b) Households with connection to the internet by the characteristics of the household, 2008 to 2013     
            % of households
        
  200820092010201120122013
  UnweightedUnweightedUnweightedUnweightedUnweightedUnweighted
Desktop/portable computer permanently in the home%actual sample%actual sample%actual sample%actual sample%actual sample%actual sample
              
State639,003678,287727,826786,3658110,0188210,283
Household Composition            
 1 adult, no dependent children321,469351,456421,478511,169551,714551,810
 2 adults no dependent children542,468592,246662,139721,727742,771782,686
 3 or more adults no dependent children751,646801,481851,214881,033901,576921,534
 1 adult with dependent children513355233961404763367850082532
 2 adults with dependent children792,169821,977871,945931,592952,551952,775
 3 or more adults with dependent children799168678890646955089690695946
Number of persons at work in the household            
 0311,937362,058442,211561,906582,960613,036
 1612,930672,797752,705822,220853,506873,484
 2783,207842,734892,427931,871962,984953,158
 3+819298869893483973689856898605
Internet Type            
 Broadband1003,6561004,4231004,7571004,1161006,6861007,072
 Narrowband1001,7831009801006581007151001,1371001,163
 No internet03,42902,77602,25601,42101,96701,840
 Unknown internet100135100108100155100113100228100208
Population            
 Densely populated702,687742,856772,352832,174853,056863,301
 Intermediate populated602,213631,787731,836791,534812,596832,444
 Thinly populated594,103633,644673,638742,657784,366804,538
Region            
 Border531,037569526087466602751,205751,154
 Midlands546036342266448793217459382626
 West557866363770890796708289681970
 Dublin711,781752,126781,642841,486862,132872,390
 Mid-East7283171822818438754587776861,062
 Mid-West60966628417387477759791,085801,025
 South-East591,28564955651,08771902791,424811,301
 South-West621,714651,532701,168761,080781,907811,755
Note 1: Data are subject to sampling and other survey errors, which are relatively greater in respect of smaller values.    
Note 2: Households represent all private households with at least one occupant aged 16-74.        
Table 1(c ) Why households do not have an internet connection, Q1 2013
 % of households without internet access
  Access elsewhere Do not need internet Equipment costs too highAccess costs too highLack of skillsPrivacy security concernsNot available in the areaPhysical disabilityUnweighted sample
State 12401818393311,795
Household Composition          
1 adult, no dependent children 942151646312833
2 adults no dependent children 1147111143330576
3 or more adults no dependent children 1244222032221113
1 adult with dependent children 231451461121096
2 adults with dependent children 20212928124160135
3 or more adults with dependent children [11][19][31][26][22][5][7]042
Number of persons at work in the household         
0 7421817453111,180
1 1735182031441458
2 29341314154160143
3+ ********14
Population          
Densely populated 1536252337301474
Intermediate populated 1137161835312411
Thinly populated 1043141442361910
Region          
Border 946171839351277
Midlands 63991140283111
West 1053131338341183
Dublin 1337292735101316
Mid-East 1537131433151150
Mid-West 1236111139110201
South-East 1537151343332239
South-West 1135181945931318
        
Note 1: More than one reason may have been give by respondents.   
Note 2: Households represent all private households with at least one occupant aged 16-74.   
Note 3: * Sample occurrence too small for estimation.   
Note 4: Figures in parentheses [ ] indicate percentages based on small numbers, and are, therefore, subject to a wide margin of error.   
Table 2 (a ) Individuals' use of the internet by frequency of use, household and individual characteristics 2008 to 2013
                    % of individuals
  Used within last 3 months Used but not in the last 3 months Never used the internet
  200820092010201120122013 200820092010201120122013 200820092010201120122013
                      
State636567757778 655454 323027211818
Sex                    
 Male616466737778 645354 343229231818
 Female646669767779 655454 302926191817
Age Group                    
 16-29808587939293 654443 14109335
 30-44727479878990 656344 2221151076
 45-59505356657076 656465 444239312419
 60-74242527384046 435575 727267585349
Principal Economic Status                    
 At work727577848888 545333 2321191499
 Unemployed466063747376 888586 463230211918
 Student919597979498 231131 722142
 Home duties444147576366 777685 495246373029
 Retired323035435049 547677 636558514344
 Other333333515051 769788 606259434241
Region                    
 Border534856647270 889766 394436282224
 Midland586160746976 624255 363735252719
 West535969747575 864354 393527232021
 Dublin747675818285 345464 232020151311
 Mid-East677073818480 443233 302724171317
 Mid-West596365727476 878364 343027252021
 South-East545861697375 757454 393732282222
 South-West616366737578 644464 333330232019
'Type of Internet connection                    
 broadband878786899091 323232 101111987
 narrowband747478858586 655454 202116121110
 No internet242220201819 9911111613 676969696769
 Unknown internet462639395140 464267 496857584453
Household Composition                    
 1 adult, no dependent children475051596260 548567 484641363234
 2 adults no dependent children566062687074 545453 383634282524
 3 or more adults no dependent children686771777879 543244 272826211817
 1 adult with dependent children626669818184 76911128 312822878
 2 adults with dependent children727579878990 665344 2219161076
 3 or more adults with dependent children657175808382 655355 282521171313
Number of persons at work in the household                    
 0353946575658 567687 605447363635
 1606470757981 756454 343125211615
 2737880878990 544233 2119161088
 3+747779878888 543232 22181811910
                      
Note 1: Data are subject to sampling and other survey errors, which are relatively greater in respect of smaller values.
Note 2: Individuals represent all individuals aged 16-74.
Table 2(b) How often used the internet in the last 3 months, 2010, 2011 , 2012 and 2013
 % of individuals
    At least once a week  At least once a month  Didn't use in
   Every day  (but not every day) (but not every week)  last 3 months
  2010201120122013 2010201120122013 2010201120122013 2010201120122013
                     
State47555861 16161514 3333 33252322
Sex               
 Male48555961 14151413 2224 34272322
 Female46555762 19181714 4333 31242321
Age Group                   
 16-2968777879 15141212 3122 13788
 30-4456647074 19191614 3323 21131110
 45-5932434857 19171914 4435 44353024
 60-7414212128 10131514 2234 73626054
Principal Economic Status                   
 At work56657072 17161513 3323 23161312
 Unemployed42495156 17201816 2434 37262724
 Student84928691 11586 3001 3372
 Home duties23304046 19221817 5433 53433734
 Retired18252929 12161716 3244 65575051
 Other14303233 13161313 4345 67495049
Region                   
 Border33405051 16211915 5335 44362830
Midland38545360 17141113 4343 40263224
West48545657 17151614 4324 31262625
Dublin57666771 15131212 2322 25191815
 Mid-East52576363 18211814 2223 27191620
Mid-West46545658 14141513 3434 35282624
 South-East36465154 20181816 4445 39312726
South-West46545561 17171614 2233 34272522
Type of Internet connection                   
Broadband64687073 19181715 3323 1411109
Narrowband44626263 26191818 7346 22151514
No internet87710 8876 2333 80808381
Unknown internet18182822 19161714 1354 61615060
Household composition                   
 1 adult, no dependent children32424444 15141612 2224 49413840
 2 adults no dependent children45515358 14131412 2334 38323026
 3 or more adults no dependent children54606264 12141312 3334 29232221
 1 adult with dependent children39545762 25211918 4534 31192016
 2 adults with dependent children55626872 20211816 4333 21131110
 3 or more adults with dependent children48606364 21171715 5324 25201818
Number of persons at work in the household                   
 027383739 15161615 4334 54434442
 148535963 18181715 3333 30252119
 259687275 17161511 3323 20131110
 3+62737473 14121212 3233 21131212
Note 1: Data are subject to sampling and other survey errors, which are relatively greater in respect of smaller values.
Note 2: Individuals represent all individuals aged 16-74.
Table 3 Activities on the internet in the last 3 months, 2013
% of individuals
  Email Video / Voice calls over the internetSocial networkingReading or downloading newsFinding information about goods or servicesOnline courseJob search or application
         
State6726483361517
Sex       
Male6727453361418
Female6825503361516
Age Group       
16-297937763970528
30-448034594272721
45-596420382758415
60-74391214183513
Principal Economic Status       
At work7832533971617
Unemployed5821502355438
Student9144824874625
Home duties5316392447212
Retired421314203712
Other391329183529
Region       
Border5818452552314
Midland6320482261319
West6526423158516
Dublin7736554768619
Mid-East7023482759518
Mid-West6324453363418
South-East6123442256419
South-West6523412960413
'Type of Internet connection       
broadband8033564073620
narrowband6721532961417
No internet267151318.9
Unknown internet122841004
Household Composition       
1 adult, no dependent children5117322547311
2 adults no dependent children6429413459415
3 or more adults no dependent children6928523461517
1 adult with dependent children6622672461421
2 adults with dependent children7931534073521
3 or more adults with dependent children6822562757420
Number of persons at work in the household       
04515342041315
17026503262420
28135544273615
3+8034594172819
         
Table 3 contd. Activities on the internet in the last 3 months, 2013
% of individuals 
  Professional networkingHealth related informationServices related to travel Selling of goods or servicesInternet bankingUnweighted Sample 
        
State113845124610,358 
Sex       
Male12344413454,686 
Female10414510465,672 
Age Group       
16-291241511754937 
30-4416485415613,637 
45-59934419383,197 
60-74422273222,587 
Principal Economic Status       
At work15435615585,335 
Unemployed7302810271,031 
Student1846541860301 
Home duties432307301,846 
Retired425304241,303 
Other42819421542 
Region       
Border628328371,202 
Midland741401738689 
West93641939974 
Dublin18455411552,340 
Mid-East9404412461,036 
Mid-West939441347999 
South-East9303713391,314 
South-West9354712461,804 
        
'Type of Internet connection       
broadband14465414567,086 
narrowband9364111411,188 
No internet31710112193 
Unknown internet145151,891 
Household Composition       
1 adult, no dependent children926337321,752 
2 adults no dependent children12364810472,802 
3 or more adults no dependent children11324610431,591 
1 adult with dependent children64132840504 
2 adults with dependent children14535316612,721 
3 or more adults with dependent children731361433988 
Number of persons at work in the household       
0526246213,137 
111394512473,469 
216465915633,131 
3+1339591654621 
         
Note 1: Data are subject to sampling and other survey errors, which are relatively greater in respect of smaller values.  
Note 2: Individuals represent all individuals aged 16-74.      
Table 4 Type of purchases made online during the last 12 months, 2013      
      % of individuals
   Food and GroceriesHousehold goodsClothes or sports goodsElectronic equipmentShare purchases/financial services / insuranceFilms/musicBooks magazines newspapers e-learning materialOther computer software and upgrades
State5112313623178
Sex        
Male5112115721169
Female5112511625177
Age Group        
16-2961233166331611
30-44717301810302211
45-59371911519156
60-7413752782
Principal Economic Status        
At work61329179292210
Unemployed2716721683
Student81137225372118
Home duties49187318114
Retired14762793
Other36983964
Region        
Border2819931986
Midland482513525136
West3112413724156
Dublin714261711262411
Mid-East7122313623178
Mid-West482212522156
South-East391910519124
South-West392313323168
'Type of Internet connection        
broadband61328178282110
narrowband411219621114
No internet00821810
Unknown internet01210210
Household Composition        
1 adult, no dependent children25119611126
2 adults no dependent children381914719198
3 or more adults no dependent children352510425157
1 adult with dependent children412257525125
2 adults with dependent children92131169312210
3 or more adults with dependent children4102616426126
Number of persons at work in the household        
02511621174
14112212722168
2716321910322511
3+4833137332110
          
Table 4 contd. Type of purchases made online during the last 12 months, 2013     
       % of individuals
  Computer hardwareTelecommunication servicesHoliday accommodationOther travel arrangementsTickets for eventsMedicineE learning materialVideo games and software upgradesOther
          
State482628261378
Sex 
Male582629262488
Female372628261378
Age Group 
16-295927323325128
30-44611353734251110
45-59362325231257
60-7413121390115
Principal Economic Status 
At work5103538352499
Unemployed251213121255
Student810283838371114
Home duties141516141254
Retired13141591124
Other331112101244
Region 
Border261618161244
Midland362224191346
West362427231379
Dublin610363936241010
Mid-East472628272386
Mid-West482224221267
South-East361921201366
South-West362526231379
'Type of Internet connection         
broadband593335332499
narrowband252023191257
No internet.14561005
Unknown internet012220001
Household Composition 
1 adult, no dependent children361821171236
2 adults no dependent children482730271378
3 or more adults no dependent children462528281268
1 adult with dependent children251616171374
2 adults with dependent children51034353224128
3 or more adults with dependent children472224231377
Number of persons at work in the household         
02291191244
1382527251378
2611404238241110
3+4833383834810
         
Note 1: Data are subject to sampling and other survey errors, which are relatively greater in respect of smaller values.   
Note 2: Individuals represent all individuals aged 16-74.  

Background Notes

Reference period

A module on Information communication technology (ICT) is included in the Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS) in the three months from January to March each year (Quarter 1). The questionnaire asks questions about ICT activities for the reference period of twelve months prior to the interviews taking place.

Purpose of survey

The annual ICT Household survey by the QNHS contributes to the EU requirement under Regulation (EC) No 808/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 April 2004 concerning Community statistics on the information society (OJ L143, 30.04.2004, p. 49). The QNHS began in September 1997, replacing the annual April Labour Force Survey (LFS). The purpose of the survey is the production of quarterly labour force estimates and occasional reports on special social topics. The ICT Household questionnaire is conducted in Quarter 1 as part of the QNHS. The annual ICT household survey is one of the special module subjects that make up the ad hoc module surveys appended onto the main QNHS Labour Force Survey.

Grossing effect

 The QNHS grossing procedure aligns the distribution of persons covered in the survey with independently determined population estimates at the level of sex, five-year age group and region.

 Statistical significance

 All estimates based on sample surveys are subject to error, some of which is measurable. Where an estimate is statistically significantly different from another estimate it means that we can be 95% confident that differences between those two estimates are not due to sampling error. Unless otherwise stated, changes and differences mentioned in the text have been found to be statistically significant at the 95% confidence level

 Survey Questionnaire

The 2013 ICT household questionnaire is available at

ICT - Information And Communications Technologies

Detailed Methodology and Background notes available at

Information Society Statistics - Households

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